U.S. National Intelligence Estimate: Gloomy Afghanistan’s future?

According to WaPo’s report a new American intelligence assessment on the Afghan war predicts that the gains the United States and its allies have made during the past three years are likely to have been significantly eroded by 2017 if Washington and Kabul don’t sign a security pact that would keep an international military contingent there beyond 2014.

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The current graft probe is a real challenge for PM Erdogan

One of the factors that had brought the AKP to power in 2002 was the perception that everyone else was corrupt.

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Why is China still saying: Happy Birthday Mao Zedong!

Mao Zedong was born on December 26, 1893. More than 85 percent of respondents in Global Times survey said that Mao’s achievements outweigh his mistakes. So what it means for today’s China? What is Mao’s legacy? Read few comments.

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Female ambassadors to Saudi Arabia? But will it change something?

Shirin Ebadi said that the European countries should send woman ambassadors to countries like Saudi Arabia or Iran. What do you think about this idea? Would this be worth to try? Would it be helpful for women’s rights in these countries or perhaps the impact will be very limited, and why? Read few comments.

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South Sudan: What to do

US sends envoy to South Sudan and the African Union called for truce. But do the outside powers have any leverages on the actors of the current conflict or perhaps not very much, and why? In general, what could be done to find a political solution? Read few comments.

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EU loses AAA rating from S&P. Is it justified?

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Banking union deal is facing criticism

Martin Schulz: European Parliament cannot accept the single resolution mechanism SRM for failing banks as agreed by ECOFIN. Michel Barnier: When I compare it with my original proposal I have regrets.

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EUCO on CSDP: No big deal?

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Hagia Sophia: Museum or mosque?

It seems that there is at least some willingness on the side of government of Turkey to turn Hagia Sophia into functioning mosques. But it will be definitely a controversial topic, especially abroad and it will it attract lot of attention. Does it make any sense to even think about it, can the government gain something from it politically, at least domestically? Read few comments.

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With Nelson Mandela’s legacy what’s next for South Africa

South Africa celebrates and mourns its greatest son. But challenges lie ahead.

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